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Romeo and Juliets youth produces a problem for Shakespeare he must convince the audience of the sincerity and genuineness of their love for each other He accomplishes this in a variety of ways He presents courtly love and romantic love to highlight the authenticity of the romantic love and uses different techniques in his writing to strengthen this impression such as oxymorons imagery contrasting strong emotions and the impending tragedy Romeos love for Juliet has a very different effect on him compared to his love for Rosaline Romeos love for Juliet seems to uplift him whereas Romeos love for Rosaline weighs him down and confuses him This helps the audience believe that his love for Juliet is more genuine compared to his love for Rosaline which could be said to be courtly love Courtly love was a literary tradition going back to the medieval times and is still present in Shakespeares play Courtly love is when young men fall in love with a beautiful young woman who they would worship but had no hope of marrying It could be said that Romeos love for Rosaline is courtly love When we first meet Romeo in Act 1 Scene 1 he is sinking under loves heavy burden for Rosaline Romeo pines for her as he is out of her favour and creates an artificial night for himself by shutting his windows locking fair daylight out He goes out early walking but returns as soon as the all-cheering sun rises in the farthest east When Romeo speaks to Benvolio later in the scene he is depressed and his feelings are confused He uses oxymorons two opposite words placed next to one another to show this He speaks of loving hate heavy lightness feather of lead cold fire and sick health In Act 1 Scene 4 Romeo goes on to speak about how he is weighed down by his unrequited love for Rosaline he has a soul of
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